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Chong Wei urges team-mates to bounce back from shock defeat to Taiwan (pic)

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Published: 20 May 2013
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ALTHOUGH visibly shocked and disappointed, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei made a clarion call to his team-mates to bounce back from their surprise 3-2 defeat to Taiwan.

Yesterday, Chong Wei and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying were the only winners in Malaysia’s Group C opening tie against Taiwan at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.Back to you: Lee Chong Wei returns a shot to Taiwan’s Yang Chih-hsun during their Group C opening match at the Putra Stadium yesterday.

Hosts Malaysia had hoped for a flying start but top doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were blown apart 18-21, 18-21 by Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin in 31 minutes.

Sonia Cheah was expected to salvage the situation but she only lasted 28 minutes before bowing out at 7-21, 13-21 to a determined Tai Tzu-ying.

Like the saviour he had been for countless times, Chong Wei restored some order when he blew away Yang Chih-hsun 21-8, 21-13 in just 24 minutes to the delight of the home fans to keep Malaysia’s hope alive at 1-2.

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Kien Keat-Boon Heong may not play in Group C tie against Germany

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Published: 20 May 2013
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IT looks like men doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong may not get a chance to play in Malaysia’s next Group C tie against Germany in the Sudirman Cup tomorrow.

Although a decision has not been made, all indications show they may be rested if the comments by chief coaches Rashid Sidek and Tan Kim Her are any indication during a post press conference after Malaysia’s shocking 2-3 defeat to Taiwan in their opening tie yesterday.

Rashid said that Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s 18-21, 18-21 loss to Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chai-hsin had sent a rippling effect on the team’s performances yesterday.

“I did not expect this. Our plan was to win the men’s doubles, men’s singles and mixed doubles but we could not deliver because of Koo-Tan’s defeat,” said Rashid.

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Koo-Tan’s stunning loss rocks Malaysian camp

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Published: 20 May 2013
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THE misery for Malaysia’s beleaguered doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong continued at the Sudirman Cup yesterday.

The world No. 3 Kien Keat-Boon Heong took another huge beating to their morale when they went down 18-21, 18-21 in a horrid 31-minute match to Taiwanese Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin.

Theirs was the first match during Malaysia’s opening Group A tie against Taiwan in the Sudirman Cup at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Malaysia had hoped for a flying start – as the duo had beaten the same pair en route to reaching the final of the Hong Kong Open last year but they failed – big time.

Their awful defeat came just two weeks after they to their younger compatriots Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem in the final of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold tournament at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara.

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Khim Wah-V Shem deserve to be fielded, says ex-Olympic champ

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Published: 17 May 2013
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HOW brave are the Malaysian coaches? That’s what Indonesian Rexy Mainaky intends to find out when at the Sudirman Cup takes off at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil this Sunday.

Rexy said it would take a brave coach to go with world No. 15 Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem in the mixed team competition, which will be held from May 19-26.

Two weeks ago, Khim Wah-V Shem achieved a breakthrough when they beat Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong for the first time in the final to win their first international title as a pair at the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara.

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Rexy calls the shots as Indonesian badminton supremo (pic)

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Published: 17 May 2013
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FORMER Olympic gold medallist Rexy Mainaky is loving every minute of his high-profile job as Indonesia’s high performance director.

Rexy left Malaysia last year after serving for seven years. But not before pushing for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to name a chief coach or a high performance director to chart the country’s badminton fortunes.

It did not work out for him in Malaysia but at least Rexy is glad that he’s got the chance to do it the right way for Indonesia.Dynamic duo: Ricky Subagja (left) and Rexy Mainaky posing for the camera during the BWF press conference yesterday.

As the new supremo, Rexy is ready to revive the flagging fortunes of Indonesian badminton.

The ever jovial and friendly Rexy officially started work last month – almost a year after leaving the BAM in February last year and trying his luck with the Philippines for a while.

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